Samsung recently made an announcement of a new smartphone in Japan earlier and it is expected to be available via the country’s local carrier which is NTT DoCoMo before the end of this year.
The device is codenamed Galaxy Active Neo, which suggests to us that the phone will be rugged and hopefully, it will be reasonably priced if it makes it out of Asia.
Starting with the internals, we have a 480P display on the Active Neo which is two steps below from what you would normally find on smartphones of 2015.
Powering the phone is Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box alongside a Snapdragon 410 chipset which is a Cortex-A53 quad-core that is reasonably clocked at 1.2Ghz per core and backed by an Adreno 306 GPU with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB on board storage that is expandable via an SD-card.
The phone is graced with a 2200mAh battery which we assume will take you up to two days on light use considering the unimpressive screen and low power chipsets that will not strain your battery.
The battery and the rest of the components are fitted in a body that has dimensions of 133 x 70 x 10.1 mm and weighs about 154 grams.
The handheld is also equipped with 8MP and 2MP primary and secondary cameras respectively; with the regular connectivity options which include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and 4G LTE.
The Samsung Galaxy Neo is a rather unusual but attractive device from Samsung and the “Active” in its name suggests that it will carry an IP Certification that will protect the device against dust and water and withstand low level drops as seen with the “Active” variants of the S4, S5 and S6.
The smartphone will be launched in the Japanese market later in November and considering it falls in-between a low-to-midrange category, the pricing which is set at 20,000 Yen ($166), is just right.
Here’s to hoping that we’ll see the handset outside the Asian market that’s if it makes out of Japan in the first place.
There’s no doubt the Samsung Galaxy Active Neo is unique in its own way and will have a better chance in the market provided that the supposed Active features turn out to be true.
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